16 Weeks until IMMT
Total Training hours last week: 12:30
Now that the Boston Marathon is behind me, my full 100% focus is on my Ironman in August. Full speed ahead! The week after the Boston Marathon I took as a ‘rest’ week and this past week I picked up my serious training again. It was so crazy getting the emailed training plan from my coach, titled ‘IMMT Training Plan.’ This is when it sunk in and became even more REAL. I will be competing in an Ironman in 16 weeks, and I have a feeling those 16 weeks are going to fly by!
Last week was my first week back into training post Boston and my legs still felt a little like jello. My quads just felt tired during my runs, so I really focused on stretching and foam rolling post run. Now I just need to keep up my stretching daily…:) I am also really enjoying the free hour long yoga class at my office each Monday. It’s so great to do gentle yoga coming off a tough weekend of workouts!
On Saturday I decided to take my training run to the White Mountains, I was craving the trails and fresh air! I was scheduled to do a bike/run workout, but I wanted to take advantage of the awesome weather and head to the trails. Usually, Todd and my dog hike with me, but Todd had to help me Dad with yard work, so I was on my own. I decided to leave the dog behind (as guilty as I felt about doing this) and make my hike into a solo trail run. I went to a trail we have done many times, so I felt comfortable doing it all alone. The hike I did is called the Welch-Dickey Loop and it’s one of our favorites in the White Mountains! It’s one of those shorter day hikes that gives you the best ‘bang for your buck’… 4.5 mile loop, amazing views the whole way, difficult hike for the short distance (makes for a great run/hike, but doesn’t take up your whole day). Whenever we can’t fit in a big hike in the Whites, we do the Welch-Dickey Loop. It made for a TOUGH trail run. The trail climbs almost right away from the parking lot and does not let up for about 1.5 miles. I was feeling it! I did have to scramble at the very steep/rocky sections, but I was proud of myself for running for most of it! There were times I felt all alone on the ledges and the views were spectacular! It was such a liberating experience doing it all alone. Also, I now want to get new trail running shoes and try other mountain runs (my trail running shoes were completely worn out, only complaint of the day).
If only every trail run included these views:
Here is what my training looked like last week:
Swim: 3,000 yds at Master’s Practice
Yoga class during lunch
Strength Training 1 hour
Run: Scheduled for 40 minutes, but I did 32 (my legs were tired!)
Swim: 3,000 yds at Master’s practice
Bike: Spin class 1 hour
Strength and agility work
Swim: 3,000 yds
Run: 45 minutes
Trail run/hike for 4.5 miles (1 hour 20 minutes of mostly trail running/rock scrambling)
Bike: 2:30 at Z1 Heart rate (steady pace)
Transition run 25 minutes, easy (I even got my hubby to join me! *he hates running..)
I am excited for the week ahead!